Lungching Green Tea

89
Percentile
4 ratings
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Brand:Foojoy
Style:Dragon Well (Long Jing)
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:China
Loose/teabag:Teabag

This tea's info last updated: Dec. 8, 2009

Commercial Description

Dragonwell Green Tea, the Famed Imperial Tea of the West Lake

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Reviewer pic83 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(3 reviews) on

This tea offers excellent value, and is quite a delicious tea for something that comes from a teabag. However, I think its necessary to pay attention to how you steep this and to find a brewing protocol that works best.

When I first brewed this, I roughly followed the instructions on the box, and steeped for around 2 minutes in around 1 cup of water. The aroma was wonderful, having a good balance between a floral brightness, and a sweet, roasted scent characteristic of longjing tea. However, once I tasted it, I was a bit disappointed because I felt the flavor was a bit muddled, a bit too bitter, and heavy, not much like other longjing teas i've had.

After a bit of experimenting, I found my optimal way of steeping. I brew for around 45 sec, in only around 1/4 cup of water (maybe even a bit less), with the water slightly cooled to around 70C (that's just a guess and I didn't measure). The aroma is not quite as strong, but is still very present. I enjoy the taste of the tea far better this way, as the sweeter notes come through, the tea is brisker and less heavy, and I can more fully appreciate the floral, nutty flavor that presents itself briefly as I am drinking it. Also, doing it this way, I can get multiple steepings, and I find it retains flavor event after quite a bit.

As a side note, the tea tends to have a very slight recycled paper taste, which I am assuming comes from the bag or the packaging. It's not nearly enough to bother me, but I find it noticeable, despite how you steep it. Also, doing a side by side comparison with a better quality longjing, the taste of this tea is definitely more muddled. Despite all this, I think it still stands as quite enjoyable.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
(23 reviews) on

When seeing the price and packaging of these Foojoy teas, my initial impression was that they must be low quality at such a price point. Like my experience with Tenren, this initial impression has turned out to be wrong.

This Longjing is a fine representative of the style in a teabag. The tea brews to a golden color, and the aroma is a bit vegetal with hints of nuttiness and sweetness. The flavor of this tea is basically like that of a medium grade Longjing tea, quite smooth, round, complex, and flavorful, with a bit of nuttiness. The aftertaste includes a subtle sweetness. Overall, I am very happy with this tea.

Update #1: In another box of this tea, it seems the batch was not quite as fresh. Whereas in my first box, many leaves were significantly light green and produced a fresh and flavorful drink, the second box was nowhere near that quality. Instead, it was a bit bitter and astringent, without the same complexity, depth, and subtle sweetness.

Update #2: With another box of this tea, the quality is good again. I am assuming that the box in update #1 was a bit of a fluke. Still, my experience with Foojoy has shown me that occasionally a box will not have high quality. I have found this with their Classic Oolong tea. This may be due to shelf life, but I am not sure yet.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 5/5
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While this pales in comparison to loose dragon well teas that I've tried, it's definitely true to the style. The low price and simple packaging of the teabags are deceptive...this tea retains a lot of complexity. It brews a rich golden color and is quite aromatic. If you let it brew a long time, it acquires some astringency but I find that pleasant.

I've also find that this tea stays fresh longer than other green teas, which is surprising because the teabags are only wrapped in paper and not sealed in any way.
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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
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As with Foojoy's China Black Tea, I found this a surprisingly good value. The black tea was wrapped in individual paper packets, whereas the Lunching box has several aluminum sealed packets containing individual bags. This tea has a pleasant aroma and a decent flavor. It compares favorably to many other green teas sold in teabags. I've found it to keep surprisingly well. It's suitable for places where one cannot brew loose green tea.
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